Eurovision 2016

2016: Returning songwriters Part Two



A large number of songwriters are giving it another go this year. Earlier this week, we looked at some of them. Here is another group of them.

One of those people that keep cropping up at Contests is Mr Philipp Kirkorov. We first saw him in 1995 (yep, the contest is old) singing about a volcano. After a hiatus of a few years, he came back as a songwriter. First, he went all Belarussian in 2007 and co-wrote ‘Work your magic’ by Dmitry Koldun. Things went well and he earned Belarus’s first time in a Saturday night Grand Final. It still ranks as their best ever finish in a Eurovision. A year later he got took on by Ukraine, co-writing Ani Lorak’s ‘Shady lady’. This did even better, coming second. We last saw him in 2014 as co-writer to ‘Shine’ by the Tolmachevy Sisters. He’s back this year as a writer of the Russian song ‘You are the only one’. Here is Philipp in 1995.

Greek-born Dimitris Kontopoulos is listed here as the lesser-known song-writing partner of Mr Kirkorov, and was the other writer of all his songs above. However, he’s been a little more prolific. In 2009, after doing his thing for Belarus and Ukraine, he went home and wrote the memorable ‘This is our night’ for Sakis Rouvas on his giant stapler. This song finished second. A year before he went back to Russia and the Tolmachevy Sisters, his little song for Azerbaijan ‘Hold me’ performed by a certain Farid Mammadov came second.  With a pedigree like this, he and Philipp may be about due for a Eurovision victory. Here’s ‘Work your magic’

One of the lesser-known writers trying again is Leon Oblak. In contrast to Messrs Kirkorov and Kontopoulos, his previous entry failed to make it out of a semi-final. His ‘Narodnozabevni rock’, performed by Ansambel Roka Žlindre and Kalamari had a comfortably long word in the title, but was maybe just a little too different to trouble the voters of Europe. He’s back again – for Slovenia naturally – with a song that has a distinctly country feel about it. Slovenia is going for three years in a row in a Grand Final, so is Leon the man to achieve this feat? Here for your delight is the Slovene song from 2010.

Finally this time, what would a Eurovision be without Macedonia? And what would Macedonia be like without the evergreen Ms Kaliopi. An absolute delight of a performer who knows her audience and knows how to carry a tune. We saw her first, of course, back in 1996 when she won Skopje Fest giving her a chance of performing in Oslo. The juries around Europe only heard her in the pre-selection and she only finished 26th (out of 29), when only the top 23 went through. Not one to shirk a challenge, she eventually came back in 2012 in sunny Baku, becoming the only Macedonian act since 2008 to make a final. With that in mind, she could be a good bet to get to the final in 2012. Romeo Grill, her ex-husband, has collaborated with her again. We wish them well. Here is Kaliopi in 1996.


Stay tuned for more returning writers, but which song by these writers is your favourite??



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Author: John Stanton

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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